Pediatric Cochlear Implants (CCCDP)

The Carolina Children's Communication Disorders Program (CCCDP) houses the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at UNC. As one of the largest pediatric programs in the world, we have a long history of providing comprehensive clinical care to children who receive cochlear implants. We serve over 1000 children from birth to 21 years of age, and implant over 100 devices each year. CCCDP has participated in a number of clinical trials over the years with all three cochlear implant companies and been involved in additional clinical research related to various aspects of cochlear implant use.

About the Program
How Implants Work
Pediatric Cochlear Implants (CCCDP)
Evaluation Process
The Profile
At your final visit before surgery, we will review the Candidacy Profile with you. This is a summary of the factors that affect outcome with a cochlear implant. It includes the information collected during the evaluation. The Profile helps identify areas that can be affected by change, and helps families develop realistic expectations for their child’s use of an implant. The items we review include those shown on the figure below.
Selecting a Device
Cochlear implants are made up of inside and outside pieces that work together. The design of the inside device and outside pieces may look different, but they function very similarly. There is no clear-cut evidence that one implant system provides better results than another. We will review each cochlear implant system during your appointments. Please consult the websites or the booklets provided at your visit for more detailed information.
Before Surgery
Risks of CI Surgery
Your surgeon will talk with you about these in as much detail as you need
After Implantation
Repairs and Troubleshooting
Costs of Implantation
Communication Mode Considerations
Frequently Asked Questions about pediatric cochlear implantation at UNC
Faculty and Staff
Surgeons, Audiologists, Speech Language Pathologists (Listening and Spoken Language professionals), and administrative staff of the UNC Pediatric Cochlear Implant program.